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The upside of freezing temps

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Bundle up! Central Indiana will experience the coldest temperatures in two years overnight.

A wind chill advisory is in effect from 8:00 pm Monday to 11:00 am Tuesday morning, when wind chills of 10 to 20 below are expected. Lows will drop to the single digits and will be accompanied by wind.

The cold weather is already prompting some schools to delay the start of the school day Tuesday. See closings here.

Last year's nearly balmy winter set records. But if you find yourself longing for those warm days of January and February 2012, you might want to think twice.

"Pretty much chilling to the bone," said Brad Speck, who along with his family was bundled up for a stroll in downtown Indianapolis Monday.

People are steaming over the coldest weather in two years.

"I'm freezing!" said Lee Fuller, who was visiting from London, England - and decidedly underdressed for the Indiana winter.

There's more than a healthy argument that this is beautiful weather and precisely what Indiana needs this time of year.

"I don't like 40 to 50 degree weather in January. That's for Miami," said Deborah Morrison.

But last year, it was Indianapolis that had 60-degree, sunny weather for the Super Bowl. The record warm [so-called] winter was a golfer's wonderland.

But it fooled trees into blooming early. Disease and fungi usually controlled by the cold flourished in the spring.

"There is a reason we have a killing season," said Greg Johns with a smile. He's vice president of Gold Seal Pest Control.

Johns' pest control business, like others, doubled as home owners battled an explosion of ants, termites and other pests of all sizes.

"I'm talking about raccoons. I'm talking about squirrels. I'm talking about chipmunks. Wildlife in general took off," said Johns.

The extreme cold weather could also effect the flu outbreak. Doctors say research shows the virus actually survives longer and may spread more easily in this cold weather. But another factor is at play. If people are discouraged by the cold weather, it's possible fewer of them are going out in public.

"People staying home and avoiding contact with sick people is going to decrease the chance of getting the flu. There is no doubt about that," said Dr. Bart Besinger, IU Health.

So instead of shunning this shivering cold weather, we should embrace it.

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